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Ben Butler

Freelance Writer

Location icon United Kingdom

I'm a recent English Literature graduate from the University of York. I have written for publications such as The 405, 1883 Magazine, Gigwise and The Gentleman's Journal. I am also a part of the editorial team for Public Pressure.

Contact: [email protected]

Portfolio

Music

The 405
The 405 meets Roy Davis Jr.

After a number of electric performances across the summer, including a soul-filled Boiler Room set and a performance at Fabric, we caught up with House pioneer Roy Davis Jr. to talk dream line-ups, differences between playing in the UK and the US, and producing material with MNEK.

Public Pressure
The incredible disappearance of Japandroids

After performing in more than 40 countries from March of 2012 to November 2013, Japandroids had racked up over 200 shows in support of their critically acclaimed sophomore album Celebration Rock. Then suddenly, the cult two-piece completely disappeared, at the pinnacle of their power.

Rinse FM
Why Rinse | Born & Bred Festival 2016 is Unmissable | Rinse FM

Last year's inaugural Born & Bred Festival, produced by Found Series, championed the forward-thinking sounds and aesthetics of the capital in a distinctly hectic method. Its impressive array of garage, grime and drum 'n' bass capitalised on the often saturated festival scene thanks to a sharp focus on atmosphere and an on-point artist selection.

gigwise.com
10 amazing TV soundtracks you need in your life | Gigwise

Photo: Press Although great films are often lauded for their equally great score's, the medium of TV arguably contains some of the most incredible musical backdrops imaginable. With that in mind, here are some of TV's most amazing soundtracks you have to wrap your ears around.

gigwise.com
An 8-year-old reviewed Radiohead's 'A Moon Shaped Pool', and it is brilliant | Gigwise

So Radiohead's latest, bewildering, brilliant album is here. But, if you're at the water-cooler and don't know what to say about it, here's a handy review by an eight-year old so you know what's what. Beth Gordon recently shared on Twitter her son's track-by-track review of Radiohead's ninth album, A Moon Shaped Pool - which you can listen to here.

Film

The Gentlemans Journal
7 Reasons Why 2016 Will Be Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar-Winning Year

To say that Leonardo DiCaprio has been painfully ill-fated is perhaps a little misleading. After all, he does have a net-worth the size of a small country, and the most glamorous lifestyle imaginable for a modern gentleman. Yet, one thing has continually eluded his grasp, the coveted Oscar for best Actor.

The Gentlemans Journal
9 Films You Haven't Heard Of But Will Love In 2016

Although a deluge of adverts may suggest otherwise, there are in fact some amazing films coming out in 2016 (some of which don't even contain superheroes). With that in mind, we take a look at what could be the sleeper hits this year in cinema. Hail, Caesar!

The Gentlemans Journal
Our 2016 Oscar Winner Predictions

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past month, you might have noticed that the Oscars are fast approaching. With a scandal having already surfaced, the debauched pageant returns with its tail between its cosmetically enhanced legs.

Events

The 405
The Momentary Icons of Wu: An Interview with Eddie Otchere

Once dubbed the 10th Wu-Tang member, Eddie Otchere has become critically-acclaimed for his incredible photography, including a curator role at the National Portrait Gallery and shooting artists such as Jay Z, Nas, Snoop Dog and Aaliyah. And, his work has been celebrated in its unique quality to encapsulate subcultures and ephemeral moments in music history.

1883magazineblog
WHP 2015

Over 10 years The Warehouse Project has developed quite remarkably and its no surprise that the events organised to celebrate this success reflect their now-domination of Manchester's club scene. After recently taking to the Mayfield Depot for a series of special 'Day & Night' parties graced by house and techno figureheads like Carl Craig, Four Tet and Mike Banks; the season officially returns to the hallowed ground of Store Street.

gigwise.com
13 rock star restaurants you have to visit | Gigwise

Photo: Press Great artists open all of their senses to truly enjoy the elements: sound, vision, and of course taste. It stands to reason that some of the world's greatest musicians would be food coneisseurs. That's why we've scoured the glove to bring you 13 restaurants owned by rock stars that you really have to visit...

1883magazineblog
Parklife 2015 Review

Probably the greatest asset of a festival is its creation of organized chaos, given that managing swathes of hedonistic festivalgoers is no easy feat. This ability to ensure the safety of its attendees whilst certifying they have the best possible time, listening to the best possible music, is something that Parklife has surely proved very adept in.

Football

Fans Corner
Patience and Liverpool's Blame Game

Is it Benteke's fault? Sturridge's for being too injury prone? Perhaps Coutinho's for all those wasted shots? Perhaps, even Rodgers, still? Though fans understood the vastness of the overhaul required after Klopp's arrival, patience is apparently a virtue hard to find this season.

09/01/2015
What happened to the Liverpool comeback kings?

Olympiakos and Istanbul, the 2001 or 2006 FA Cup Final. In all, the majority of Liverpool's most celebrated moments in recent times have been the result of a comeback from the brink of certain defeat. And yet, under Brendan Rodgers our never-say-die attitude has been replaced with an uncomfortably consistent failure to recover from moments of adversity.

Fans Corner
Are defensive set-pieces coming back to haunt Liverpool?

After what was a dire beginning, and an equally emphatic comeback against West Brom, Jurgen Klopp lamented Liverpool's frailty from dead ball situations, "It feels as though 98% of the goals we concede are from set-pieces!" Last year Rodgers' Liverpool similarly succumbed to numerous, and significant goals from set-pieces.

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